The Great Escape

Grounded in a near-century-old legacy, this is a whole new escape from the commonplace. (Re)built by the Idaho Aviation Foundation to be a beautiful, nonprofit public resource in the great outdoors, Big Creek Lodge opens up an off-the-grid backcountry experience unlike anything else out there. Make your getaway.

Thanks to our wonderful guests for a fantastic 2022 season!

2023 Season




Wildest dreams.

An ideal wilderness hideaway—beautifully constructed with wood floors, large wrap-around windows, and eight bunk beds—the Kif Brown Yurt at Big Creek opens up a more independent approach to outdoor adventures here.

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Paradise, found.

Big Creek Lodge recently rose again in the breathtaking backcountry of Idaho after a devastating fire. Both old school and all new, it combines the charm of a classic mountain retreat with the appeal of modern amenities.

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Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.

– Edward Abbey
fishing at Big Creek Lodge

The Activities

This is where wanderlust takes off. Full of transporting possibilities, set out on a big adventure right outside your door. And take a walk (or ride) on the wild side.
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The Area

Big Creek lies on the lip of a vast 2.4 million acres of untamed land called the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. By and large, it's pretty epic out here.
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Big Creek National Forest Service sign
Big Creek Lodge food

The Menu

It's not only a feast for the eyes up here. It's actually quite a feast. Focused on healthy, filling cuisine to fit backcountry tastes, our menu changes often depending on what's in season and inspiring us.
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The History

The original Big Creek Hotel attracted generations to this outdoor wonderland. Until a fire burned this piece of Idaho history to the ground. Many thought this unforgettable destination was lost to the past. Until we gave it a new future.
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Big Creek Lodge 1936

News & Happenings

Something about the first snowfall of the season vibrates the heartstrings in me! It will come and go for a bit like a restless child who's not quite ready for bed. But then it will finally overtake the sun's ability to melt it and the peaceful blanket of white will envelope her for her winter hibernation. May the aviators and locals keep an eye on her til she awakens again in spring! 💖( Thank you, Carrie Ellie, for taking the hike I would if I were there to get this spectacular photo!) ... See MoreSee Less
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Almost 2 weeks since I've been back in Wisconsin. Not gonna lie...the colors here will straight up take your breath away! And the smell of the fallen leaves is a scent that can never be bottled. But today as I look at the overcast sky and contemplate the things I still need to unpack, (yes...without proper motivation, I have procrastination down to an artform) I am missing Big Creek 😢 So I am perusing my photos and I'm not sure if it's helping or not to revisit just a fraction of the highlights of my summer!🥹 Take a minute and wander through these with me, won't you? (Captions provided!)And then...can you help a heartsick sister out and post YOUR best memory of Big Creek in the comments? Big Creek is a lodge, yes, a place.....but SO much more than that, it's the people and the stories that breathe the life into it....and that's you! So grateful today for all of you who share a love for this amazing place! ... See MoreSee Less
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